Mogadishu, 06 December 2019 – The Finnish National Day took place at the International Campus within Mogadishu International Airport at the presence of the Finland Deputy Ambassador – Head of Cooperation Ms. Karita Laisi, the EUTM Somalia Mission Force Commander, Brigadier General Antonello De Sio and the EUCAP Strategic Maritime Adviser Mr. Jukka Hollström.

Finland’s Independence Day (Finnish: Itsenäisyyspäivä) is a national public holiday, and a Flag Day, held on 6 December to celebrate Finland’s declaration of independence from Russia in 1917.

The movement for Finland’s independence started after the revolutions in Russia, caused by disturbances inside Russia from hardships connected to the First World War. This gave Finland an opportunity to withdraw from Russian rules. After several disagreements between the non-socialists and the social-democrats over who should have power in Finland, on 4 December 1917, the Senate of Finland, led by Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, finally made a Declaration of Independence which was adopted by the Finnish parliament two days later.

Official Independence Day festivities usually commence with the raising of the Finnish flag on Tähtitorninmäki (“Observatory Hill”) in Helsinki. A religious service is held at Helsinki Cathedral, and official visits are made to the war memorials of World War II.

Finnish personnel cover several and pivotal positions in the EUTM-S Headquarter, performing mentoring and training activities.  EUTM-S is grateful to Finland because its personnel is supporting to strengthen the Defence institutions in Somalia.